November 1, 2018
Seniors Sector News
RISE SUNDAY

Throughout the fall months daylight becomes scarce, and the days grow even shorter once daylight savings ends. 

For a senior living alone, who has health challenges or is acting as caregiver, less light can increase the risk of becoming withdrawn and isolated.

On November 4, the day we turn the clocks back, Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere (RISE) encourages Canadians to connect with seniors to brighten their day.
GARDEN SUITES WORKSHOP SERIES

YEGarden Suites is a local non-profit that helps Edmontonians learn about Garden Suites (smaller rental homes in backyards). Garden Suites are often built for older adults who wish to downsize, but want remain in their existing neighbourhoods.

In November, YEGarden Suites is running a 3-part Garden Suite Workshop Series where people can learn about the rules and regulations, the permitting process, how to finance a suite, and how to design efficiently for smaller spaces. Workshop attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from the City of Edmonton, current Garden Suite owners, as well experienced builders and designers who they may want to work with.

Part 1: Rules, Regulations, & Garden Suite Owners Panel
November 20, 6:30 p.m.
$10

Part 2: Small Space Design, Energy Efficiency, & Builder/Designer Showcase
November 21, 6 p.m.
$12

Part 3: Finance, Valuation, ROI, and Budgeting for Garden Suites
November 29, 6:30 p.m.
$20

Full details can be found on www.YEGardenSuites.ca or through Eventbrite.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Resources
LIGHTING THE WAY: THE STATE OF THE ALBERTA NONPROFIT SECTOR 2018
CCVO

Lighting the Way: The State of the Alberta Nonprofit Sector 2018 is the only source of Alberta-specific research on the experience of the sector. In addition to providing data on the state of the sector, this year's report looks to the year ahead and shares priorities of nonprofits for the upcoming provincial election and some suggestions for collective action.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
DIGITAL STORYTELLING: UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL MEDIA AND VISUAL STORYTELLING TOOLS FOR NONPROFITS
TechSoup Canada
November 22, 10 - 11 a.m. (Mountain)
Free

Every nonprofit has a wealth of stories to showcase their mission and positive impact. With limited budgets and evolving trends in social media, it can be challenging for nonprofits to find effective and creative ways of sharing their stories. 

This webinar will explore how digital storytelling through visuals, videos, and live stories can amplify and better communicate your nonprofit story. It will also show how some nonprofits are using social media platforms for digital storytelling, with examples of successful campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.
ALBERTA NONPROFITS, POLITICS AND THINKING DIFFERENTLY FOR LARGE SCALE IMPACT
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
November 28, 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Fantasyland Hotel, West Edmonton Mall (17700 87 Ave.)
$20 ECVO members; $30 non-members


At this Board to Board Networking event join in the conversation about a stronger Alberta non-profit network heading into the next provincial election and explore the current and future political landscapes in Alberta. Attendees will learn about the work of the Alberta Nonprofit Network (ABNN) and its Elections Preparedness working group. Conversations will explore the emerging issues and the collective voice of the sector as we approach the upcoming 2019 election.
SKILLED VOLUNTEERISM
Volunteer Alberta
December 5
$25 Volunteer Alberta members; $35 non-members

The scope of volunteerism is changing. Today's volunteers are looking for something different, and nonprofit organizations need to be prepared to adapt and respond to key trends in volunteerism. This webinar will guide you to a new understanding of how to engage volunteers.

You will learn how to recognize opportunities for mutual benefit and explore the possibility of engaging skilled volunteers in your organization's work. Learn how to create positions and roles to maximize positive impact for your organization and volunteers.
REFRAMING THE CONVERSATION ON ELDER ABUSE
FrameWorks Institute
Use the coupon code WEAAD2018 for a 100% discount (valid until June 2019)

This online course will help advocates working on the issue of elder abuse communicate more effectively. The course offers an extensive online learning experience and step-by-step guidance with video lectures, animations, quizzes, and downloadable resources--all designed to help advocates increase support for policies to address and prevent elder abuse. The course will give advocates tools to:
  • Reframe elder abuse as a matter of social justice
  • Explain how our current social structure fosters isolation, which allows elder abuse to go unnoticed and unchallenged
  • Demonstrate how restructuring our communities, by providing access to transportation and other public services, can address and prevent elder abuse
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
FALLS PREVENTION MONTH: FINDING BALANCE CAMPAIGN

November is Seniors' Falls Prevention Month across Canada. The latest evidence on interventions to prevent falls is placing an emphasis on maintaining and improving strength and balance as the best intervention to prevent falls. 

The Injury Prevention Centre coordinates the Finding Balance Campaign and provides practical strategies that older adults in Alberta can use to reduce their risk of a fall to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

The Finding Balance website has many useful resources such as a Falls Risk Self-Assessment Quiz, an information sheet on Strength and Balance, Everyday Exercises poster and exercise cards.
SENIORS' HEALTH & WELLNESS FORUM
November 3, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street)
Free

The Seniors' Health & Wellness Forum will feature exhibitors, presentations and panel discussions on health, wellness, and social supports vital to healthy aging. Topics include: planning for a healthy future, the importance of reducing safety risks as we age, housing options, financial strategies, transportation, supports and services, and the importance of social connections to our health and wellbeing.

Extensive information and resource materials, event admission, lunch and parking are free to seniors, their families and caregivers. Seniors are encouraged to register by calling 780-809-8604
GENTLE DANCE MOVES
Southwest Seniors' Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
Wednesdays until Nov. 28, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
$6/member/class; $7/non-member/class
Location: southside locations

Some light weight exercises may be included in this fun activity. Call 780-435-9515 for more information about the course and the locations.
PUZZLE SALE
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
November 7, 9-11 a.m.

Stop by this popular monthly event and find some new puzzles to do. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
LUNCH AND PROGRAM
Petrolia Seniors Group (55+)
November 20, 11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Greenfield Community Hall (3803 114 Street)
$18

The Petrolia Seniors Group invites you to enjoy their monthly lunch and program. On November 20, John Chalmers, Historian for Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame will be speaking on "A Centennial Tribute to the First World War" - Stories of Canadian Combat Pilots. To confirm your attendance or for more information, call Nick at 780-435-1045 or Betty at 780-434-0712.

In addition to the lunch/program, an outing is offered each month. For information on Petrolia Seniors Group outings call Joyce at 780-435-6388.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS
Drive Happiness Seniors Association

Looking to volunteer? Want to make your own schedule? Why not help us Drive Happiness? For 20 years, Drive Happiness has provided assisted transportation services to seniors by pairing them with volunteer drivers. There is no minimum time commitment and our volunteers can choose their own rides. Make a difference in a senior's life - volunteer for Drive Happiness today. Call 780-424-5438 or go online at drivehappiness.ca/volunteer
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
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